A four day foodie's love-in kicks off at Dubai Media City tonight, called A Taste of Dubai 2008. Running from 7-10pm tonight and tomorrow and then with afternoon and evening sessions on Friday and Saturday, the event features celebrity guests (including, for some reason, Gary Rhodes) doing demos and tutorials and a number of 'Gastro Features' as well as food stations that feature the output of 16 Dubai restaurants and something like 65 chefs rolling out their signature dishes. There's a food market as well.
The Festival is the local version of the Taste of... events run by Channel 4 TV in the UK and is backed by the company that organises those gigs - something like 130,000 people going to last years' events. This year they're doing them all around the world - the idea seems to have worked, Edward!
Tickets are available on the door at 150, 225 and 250 Dhs. If this looks like your kind of thing, then why not pop along? If you want to know more, the website link's posted above.